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What sort of State is our Taoiseach creating?

Is there any suggestion that Fine Gael, under their leader, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, have a policy of using personal information to control individuals?

The fact that FG ministers are so comfortable with information being used for this purpose suggests that this is not a foreign concept.

The delay in appointing a junior minister in agriculture is considered by some media as a legitimate means for Kenny to control would-be junior ministers, and suggests that FG is routinely put above the needs of the State/Government.

If Kenny uses this ‘tool’ to control backbenchers, can one, perhaps, legitimately ask what other tools he will use?

There is, for example, an eerie silence on the abortion bill, in spite of earlier stated positions.

If a Taoiseach is allowed so much power that he can push through incomplete and flawed legislation, then what is happening to democracy?

If TDs are being controlled, and are obliged, for one reason or another, to vote against their better judgement, then what sort of State is Enda Kenny creating?

Caitríona McClean
Co Dublin


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